mr. zilla goes to town

Sunday, June 06, 2004

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I've taken in a couple of movies lately, here's a bit of a rundown.

Easy one first: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. More of the same, but in tiny teen gap clothes not wizzy robes. Watchable, but Y Tu Mama Tambien it ain't.

Super Size Me. First of all you've got to admire the ambitious genius of director/protagonist Morgan Spurlock: making a documentary about yourself in which you begin to take on the proportions of that other Oscar and Cannes winning rotunda, Michael Moore. However unlike Moore's current works, Spurlock is much less whiny in front of the camera. In person he captures his own enjoyment of Maccas food -- both early on in the experiment, and towards the end where his sugar/caffiene/fat addiction hits are his only source of joy -- while prosletyising the dastardly facts of the obesity meltdown. It's gonzo journalism more conflicted (and dangerous?) than Hunter S. Thompson amongst the Hells Angels.

Also, Coffee and Cigarettes: a film of whispered, subtle coherence staged across nine conversations over coffee and cigarettes. Marvellous, particularly the scenes with Iggy Pop & Tom Waits, Meg & Jack Stripes (and Jack's Tesla coil), Cate Blanchett & Cate Blanchett, and Bill "motherf**kin' ghostbustin" Murray serving the Wu Tang Clan's GZA and RZA. Some other performances (notably Stephen Wright and Roberto Begnini) are a little weak but they are more than offset, I'd rate this one not to miss.

Finally, the video for DJ Junior Jack's new single Stupiddisco. Viewing discretion advised. (What am I talking about? Lads, remove the word discretion from that last sentence.)

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